When 7th grader Bianca Temple was assigned an art project around the theme of transformation, she decided to portray her own journey of self-acceptance. Temple is bi-racial, and one of the only students of color at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School in Traverse City, Michigan. She created this piece, which her art teacher applauded and placed in a prominent school display case.
Temple says the art was personal to her.
“It connected to me because in my art, in the beginning of it, she has no color to her…She was being restricted from being herself, in a sense.”
“After having the artwork pointed out to me by an adult, the decision was made to take down Bianca’s artwork as it raised concerns regarding the modesty of the image in the third frame…”
But Temple feels that race also plays a role;
“I feel like they took it down because she’s black or because she may be curvaceous or even just because I drew breasts on her, which is a total natural thing… I feel like they took it down for all the wrong reasons.”
Temple’s mother Angela Ward shares her daughter’s frustration;
“They tell you, ‘express yourself, express yourself,’ but now they’re I guess putting guidelines on how you’re supposed to express yourself,” Ward said. “With something like this, when she’s proud of her work and her accomplishment and it just knocked her down, all the way down.”
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